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The hero cycles of Arabic belong to the literary tradition of The Arabian Nights and can be seen as the popular epics of their civilization. The Arabian Epic covers ten of the main representatives of this genre. Each of these has been developed through the processes of oral storytelling through an accumulation of narrative and folklore motifs, many of which belong to what can be seen as a universal tradition. This work is published in three volumes. The first volume introduces the background and the dimensions in which the cycles are set, while the second volume analyzes their contents and the literary formulae used in their construction, as well as listing analogues found in other literatures. The examples surveyed in the final volume provide non-Arabists with a more immediate insight into the contents of the cycles, drawing attention to their narrative coloring and texture.Read more
- First account of the Arabic hero cycles placing them within literary tradition
- Will be used as a work of reference by scholars in the field
- Author is extremely well-known in the field and writes in interesting and accessible style
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"..offers a comparative narrative analysis and tabulation...." Stephen Belcher, Religious Studies Review
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- Date Published: July 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521017398
- length: 504 pages
- dimensions: 243 x 170 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.785kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction to volume two
1. 'Ali al-Zaibag
2. Sirat 'Antar
3. Sirat al-Zahir Baibars
4. Sirat Bani Hilal al-Kubra
5. Taghribat Bani Hilal
6. Qissat Abu Zaid al-Hilali wa'l-Na'isa
7. Sirat al-Amira Dhat al Himma
8. Firuz Shah
9. Sirat Saif b. Dhi Yazan
10. Sirat Saif al-Tijan
11. Qissat al-Zir
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